Saturday, May 27, 2017

Possets Perfume

I am in an Indie Fragrance group on Facebook and Possets often comes up in discussion. I went on a new-to-me perfume oil bender a few weeks ago and Possets was one I visited. Madame X came up as a beloved blend so I went ahead and sprang for it. Possets sells their perfume oil in 6ml ($20), 10ml ($31.66), 15ml ($45.00) and 30ml ($85) bottles.

Madam X- Notes: Skin musk, wax, cream, lemon zest, champagne, and a kiss of bitter vanilla.
Be careful when opening! These cobalt blue vials are generously filled to the tippy top. In the bottle, it smells of the soft powdery vanilla and faint plastic of cherished childhood baby dolls. I believe it is the wax note that smells of the doll skin. Applied wet on the skin the cream blooms becoming the remnants of a milk bath clinging to the pelt after a late afternoon soak. The lemons and champagne don't feature on my skin in any outright manner but their light and warmth bubble up through the creamy vanilla. As the scent dries and melds into the skin, the vanilla cream is sealed with a drop of wax.  

She Walks in Beauty- Notes: Black oude, musk, sandalwood, artemisia, rue, Arabian white oude, pettigrain, elimi, silk essence, black tea, and a mystery note. 
She Walks in Beauty lifts from the vial in a verdant landscape of pettigrain and the evergreen scented ghosts of elemi. Dewy on the skin, she still strolls in her grassy fields, the breeze heavy with the must of rue and spore of the rustic flora. As she grabs the sunset glow into her hands and escorts the beams down into the warm folds of the Earth, she trails behind her the effluvia of comforting tea, snug sandalwood dreams, the musk of embraces yet claimed. The final moments of the scent grow dusky with the twilight haze of oud smoke and chilly with silken star light as it evanesces.

Landscape in Suffolk- Notes: Oakmoss, bergamot, lavender and coumarin. 
Spry bergamot and lavender painted in shades of pine and vanilla swell from the glass tube as it passes under my nose. Damp on the skin the lavender billows out in a pillowy soft cloud of velvety lavender buds and powdery vanilla. Into the dry down an edge of oakmoss sharpens the lavender  and lends a delicate feathered sage tone even deeper into the final moments of the bouquet. 

Florida- Notes: Several natural orange essences, musk and spices. 
In the imp, Florida is a honeyed sub-tropical concoction of guavas and tangerines. Poured onto the skin, juicy tangerines merge with tart Meyers lemons and candied Ruby red grapefruits and kumquats. The citrusy brew releases effervescence and tartness, it starts to bubble up into a tropical fruit punch heavy with papaya and mango nectars. Eventually the Carmen Miranda samba potion dries into a softer orange blossom and pineapple and Valencia orange veil of fruity gentleness. 

Mistress of Power- Notes: Black, grey and golden musks, dark aged patchouli, chocolate liqueur, clove and an ambergris-like musk. 
Boozy bittersweet chocolate liqueur fumes curl from the sample vial. Wet on the skin, amber and suede and dark unsweet cocoa dust waft forth. The sillage from a distant smells slightly indolic with ripe jasmine but softens when smelled closer to the skin. The dry down turns earthy with patchouli and musk and the ever present dark cocoa. Several hours into it the black patchouli reigns supreme.

I enjoyed sampling and wearing all these scents but I think I would spring for She Walks in Beauty and Landscape in Suffolk for a full bottle out of all the samples. Possets will be visited again in the future I am sure. Do you have any Possets favorites?

Friday, May 26, 2017

Incense Craze: Esteban Incense from ZGO Perfumery and Apothecary

I love incense. If I could burn it more often in my home I would. My husband abhors it with every fiber of his being. So I burn when he is out of town or working late. I used up my last Nag Champa sticks last time he was out of town and wanted to restock with something more refined. I stumbled across ZGO Perfumery and Apothecary based out of San Fransisco. They have not only perfumes and candles from the likes of Diptyque, L'Artisan and Montale but also a nice assortment of incense. The Esteban line from Paris was both affordable but also in scents that enticed me. I chose three of the smaller packs in 20 sticks for $8.50 each. 

Teck & Tonka- Souvenir of Africa, wooden houses full of spice: cinnamon, nutmeg and clove.
This is one dreamy scent. It smells more of teakwood and tonka beans like the name but there is a soft background of aged nutmeg and cardamom. I want to light this and swirl it among all the clothes in my closet so I can smell like this all the time. In-freaking-credible. Already plotting picking up the larger box.

Cedre- Cedar
More herbal and green than I anticipated. Cedar leaves full of bitter sap and roots clinging to soil. The dry callous bark but not necessarily the austere cedarwood I am accustomed to inhaling. Lovely and unique but maybe not one I would repurchase.

Ambre- Subtle ambery scent with a citrus accent and vanilla woody hints.
The dried lemon peels and vanilla sandalwood surround the umber resinous amber and lends it a sharper edge that almost smells of cedar and green tobacco leaves. I like it enough to buy the smaller package again.

These incense sticks are crafted using bamboo sticks, crushed wood and natural vegetal binder. No glues or dyes are used. Natural essential oils are also utilized.

Normally I burn my incense in a candle holder that I wad some Play-Doh up and plug in the bottom. It does the job of keeping the incense stick up right but the ash never makes it all into the jar. I finally decided if I was going to spring for nicer incense I should at least use a decent holder. After searching Etsy for incense holders, my eyes lit upon this serene aqua beauty. It is a handcrafted lotus bloom ceramic incense burner from Barchilon Ceramics. It was $18.00 plus $3.60 shipping and arrived safely packaged in just a few days. Lightening fast. And just as stunning in person as in the photos. 

The hole is sized for traditional Japanese incense sticks but ones like these with the thinner stick at the end can fit if broken in half and double over then stuck in. 

I am thrilled with how these incense sticks performed. There are more scents in the Esteban line up like peony and a nutmeg one that I would like to try. Shipping was $7.95, and I used a coupon code I earned for signing up for the ZGO newsletter. 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Cosmic Cleanse Scent Sations: First Order, March Pre-Order

Cosmic Cleanse's fan base has exploded in the past year and its owner and creator, Heidi, is busting her tail getting out product to all her clamoring customers. The playful unicorn mascot, vibrant scents and her CBD (cannabidiol) infused body care all merge to generate mass appeal. My interest was piqued several months ago in Heidi's wares but I never quite made the jump until her most recent March pre-order. I initially had it in mind to pick up only a couple things but in the end I made 4 separate orders. Even though it is flat rate $10 shipping, Heidi generously combines orders and refunds shipping. I love that. I suggest joining her Facebook group to keep up to date on pre-orders and openings.

These mini (2 oz) Miracle Budders run $3.75 each. I bought five in infused unscented to use on Savanna's growing pains, Adam's neck pains and my lower back pains. The CBD is touted by many in the group, and from various websites I have read, to help ease pain. I gave one to my mom and rubbed it into her neck, shoulders and upper back. She was amazed and thankful to feel the pain ease as that is where she carries all her stress. I have not had cause yet to test the efficacy on my own skin but will report back when that arises.The consistency is thick and buttery but light and silky. It absorbs lightening fast and leaves the skin like velvet. A brilliant summer lotion for my needs.

I also picked up four other scents in the Mini Infused Miracle Butters.

Hoochie's Palace- Lavender, Pink Sugar and peppermint.
The herbal lavender and cooling peppermint come in dominate while the Pink Sugar softly sweetens in whispers. I love it. Perfect for bedtime and relaxing. 

Kirin- Blackberry birthday cake.
On initial application the blackberries are vibrantly sweet and syrupy with a touch of strawberry and raspberry candies included. The cake comes off more as a vanilla centric aroma, rather than bakery on my skin, but really this is all about blackberry syrup. I will enjoy this for summer. 

Dracula's Drink- Blood orange champagne fizz.
Orange Crush fizzy pop and soapy squeaky clean champagne bubbles bloom on the skin when I apply this budder. Unique and refreshing, this will keep me smelling fresh and clean and slightly citrusy this summer too. 

Poolside Enjoy Mint- Cucumber, blueberry, mint mojito.
Whoa. This one. The cucumber and blueberries marry blissfully. The mint offers some cooling and crispness. I freaking love this one. 

I need to mention at this point at how far a little bit of the budder stretches.

These are the full size Miracle Budders for $12 each. I picked Hoochie's Palace (hello?! lavender, pink, peppermint? yessssss) and Janine's Pink Cupcakes. Now, Janine's Pink Cupcakes is infused, but the Hoochie's Palace was not, though I did ask in the comments if I could get it infused. I see it has a heart sticker on top so I am thinking that means it is not infused but that is alright. I will just use it as I would any body butter.

Janine's Pink Cupcakes- Peppermint and birthday cake.
Just like is says, sweet candy cane peppermint crushed into a fluffy vanilla birthday cake. Dreamy.

I picked up both the whipped sugar scrubs and the original sugar scrub. 

A full sized 6 ounce ($12) Infused Whipped Sugar Scrub in We All Float Down Here blends fresh ocean, shaving cream and sea salt. Love the scent of this one. It is fresh and oceanic without being too clean or artificial. The whipped scrub feels more sticky and like a solid soap with exfoliant built in rather than a traditional sugar scrub. I hear some ladies in the FB group like to use it as shampoo so I gave it a whirl. It didn't quite work as a shampoo for me, personally, but I loved it as a whipped soap. It lathered well and smelled amazing. It rinsed clean but did leave that little extra clean skip to the skin. 

I also picked up a 2oz travel size of the Infused Whipped Sugar Scrub in Hoochie's Palace ($4.25).

The Infused Original Sugar Scrub travel size that I chose is in Janine's Pink Cupcakes ($4.25). This is more like the traditional exfoliating sugar scrub. It is less dense and thick than The bathing Garden's but still full of scrubby fine grain sugar and overflowing with nourishing oils. It left my skin beading with water and feeling smooth and lush.

I found my favorite way to use the whipped sugar scrub is as a soap and then follow up with the original sugar scrub as an exfoliating moisturizing treatment. 

I *almost* went this opening without trying the Unicorn Ashes or Massage Oil. Thankfully I rectified that with my very last order I placed. I purchased the 8oz size ($12) of the Unicorn Ashes in the scent Hoochie's Palace (feeling like an Original Hoochie with all the Hoochie's Palace products I bought). 

The Unicorn Ashes are basically loose bath bomb powder infused with CBD for relaxing bath time bliss. I poured between a 1/4 and 1/2 cup into running bath water. It didn't fizzy much but did provide a silky and fragrant bathing experience. My body was relaxed and my skin felt like satin when I emerged. I plan on purchasing the bigger size next go 'round.

The massage oil came in a 4oz bottle for $9, I chose the peppermint fragrance oil blend. I assumed this was an infused product too like the ashes, but I was wrong. Mine is not infused, sadly. The sticker tells the tale. But I will make sure next time to double check my options. I enjoy using this on my skin all over after showing or bathing before I go to bed. It feels amazing on the skin, soaks in well and smells minty fresh, though the scent fades rather quickly. It surprisingly doesn't tingle a whole lot but maybe that is because it is a fragrance oil and not an essential oil? I plan on getting the same scent again but infused next time it is offered.

And wax! It is my duty as a fragrance blogger to test the wax too. My friend Liz created this wax sampler called The Playlist and out of all the samplers it had most of the scents I was interested in trying. It contained eight 2oz scent shots for $14.00 and came in a lovely drawstring bag. I enjoy the unicorn wearing headphones and jamming to some magical tunes on the label as well as the scent description and pour date. These scent shots are liberally sprinkled with glitter.

So let's check out what is on the unicorn's playlist:

Edge of Seventeen- Salt water taffy and cotton candy.
I surprisingly love this blend. Normally, salt water taffy is not my favorite scent note but blended with a strawberry and cherry heavy cotton candy makes it extra thick and sticky. It threw medium-strong in my bedroom warmer.

Caribou Lou- Pineapple juice, coconut and rum.
A pineapple heavy pina colada with a dash of spiced rum. The coconut is shy in this one. I will melt it but pineapple is iffy for me. 

Fell On Black Days- Fresh rain, ocean air, sea grass and sandalwood. 
A nice ozonic aquatic scent that is dominantly rain and ocean. Nice for a summer cleaning day.

Little Amsterdam- Raspberry tea and cakes.
Sometimes it is nice to try a scent you normally do not enjoy just to make sure you really feel that way... I sadly still cannot do tea and cakes. I wish I could as so many people love it and it is hugely popular right now. It is a well done tea and cakes, however. Strong almond cakes with sweet lemon tea and bobbing raspberries. 

Speed of Sound- Vanilla salted caramel mocha with whipped cream.
A classic latte scent. Strong coffee, a touch of hazelnuts and chocolate with cream and caramel. 

Set Fire To The Rain- Pink Sugar, shaving cream and leather.
The leather in this one whips the shaving cream and Pink Sugar into shape with a loud crack and a sting on the rump. Timidly quivering in the background is the soft fluffy shaving cream and the mellow sweet Pink Sugar. A unique and interesting take on leather. I quite like it.

Radioactive- Green apple fizzy pop.
A sour green apple Jolly Rancher in a Sprite. The green apple has a slight plastic tone to it but still pretty vibrant none the less.

Lakini's Juice- Pistachio pudding cake and pineapple.
Strong on both! Full blast cherry-almond and pineapple.

The glitterrrrrrr!

I think out of The Playlist sampler I enjoy the Edge of Seventeen, Set Fire to the Rain, and Fell on Black Days the best. 

Overall, I am very happy with my Cosmic Cleanse Scent Sations order and will be back for more in the future. I particularly enjoy the Miracle Budders, Original Sugar Scrub, and Unicorn Ashes.

Have you tried Cosmic Cleanse Scent Sations? What are your favorite products and scents?  

Monday, May 22, 2017

Jean-Michel Basquiat Perfumed Candle

I kept eyeing this candle on Olfactif's website and when it went from $48 to $38 I knew I was hopeless on holding out any longer.

This Basquiat Blue Amber-Woods candle is 140 grams with a 40 hour burn time. It touts glass from Ligne Blanch Paris, Givaudan fragrance and artwork from Jean-Michel Basquiat. 

The notes are deceptively simple: amber and woods. However, it is much more lush and full bodied than it seems.

When I opened the box and looked into the candle I was surprised to see little wood fibers suspended in the paraffin wax. Once lit the wick held strongly and burned steadfast and slow. The wax pooled to the edges after about an hour of burn time. The scent throws medium-strong on my nightstand in the bedroom. And that scent. So eyerollingly good. Sleek drops of golden resinous amber, smooth like suede and brimming with blonde woods and white musk, this candle smells like an elfin queen's intimate bedroom bower, overflowing with sophistication and elegance under the light of a full Hunter's Moon. 

The glass is semi-transparent and etched with the stark and energetic art of Jean-Michel Baquiat. I will be saving this glass holder long after the plush amber woods scented wax is long gone.

There are two other candles that caught my eye as well... a mint one and a cinnamon caramel one. I may have to revisit Olfactif soon. Plus I really would love another Laudano Nero candle to cherish. 

Do you have any candles burning by your bedside or in your home? 

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Three Year Blogiversary Giveaway!

May 29th will mark three years of The Redolent Mermaid. Exploration of interests, creation of friendships and the sniffing of hundreds, if not thousands, of things has made for a splendid time. Some milestones: this is the 955th post, a total of 399,512 views, my most popular post is the Harry Potter Paper Piecing Tutorial, 11 vendors interviewed under the Q&A tag, and after Google and Facebook, most of my viewers enter through Deb's blog at It's Always Something

To celebrate this event I built a box full of My Favorite Things. These are products I absolutely adore and have bought and used multiple times. Staples. These products were all made FRESH for this giveaway, the only thing that personally came from my stash are the face masks. Everything else was bought or donated just for this giveaway. So let's dive in!

Some wax, of course!

A 3 ounce bag of Ten Digit Creation's Rosewood & Amber. This is one of my all time favorite sophisticated scents. The longer it cures, the better it gets. I love Amber's use of dye-free wax. It makes warmer clean up a breeze and looks simple and classic.

Vintage Chic Scent's Central Park Snowglobe Jumbo Rose provides the ultimate in vanilla peppermint goodness. The rose did turn yellow when I was storing a few items on my husband's desk in the office. Vanilla fragrance oils will do that sometimes when exposed to light, but it still smells amazing.

Rosegirls Muffin in Americana Wafers, which blends Blueberry Cobbler, Hot Apple Pie and Vanilla Wafers, remains one of my favorite fruity bakery scents. Comforting and homey.

A nice fat chunk of Glitterati's Pink Marshmallow Fireside, because I am addicted to this scent.

If you have been reading this blog for any amount of time you know of my huge love for Carol's Fresh Picked Strawberry from Candles From The Keeping Room. There are two cute piles of FPS as well as two other scent samples she gifted.

Lasting Scent Candles Aroma Mist in Serenity, a lavender spearmint blend, lends a refreshing aroma to rooms, bathrooms, cars and closets. I spray some in the girls' rooms (reptiles can get a little gamey sometimes) and others areas that may need a little aromatic sprucing. The Aroma Mists are strong and long lasting.

A scent shot of Lasting Scent Candles' Bliss since I can never get enough of Pam's lavender or her wedding cake. Seriously. It is incredible stuff. 

The Bathing Garden's Victorian Midway wax tart shape had to be included. It is fall in a bundt cake form: apples, pumpkins, spice and bakery. I always try to keep a couple on hand. 

Shannon from The Bathing Garden makes one of my favorite scrubs too. The dense consistency and fine yet effective particulate always makes for smooth skin. This 2 ounce tub of scrub is scented in Tea With The Queen of Hearts. 

My favorite vendor for all things fall would hands-down be Dessa's Homespun Scents. I had a mini sampler bag made up in a few of my favorites: Autumn Campfire, Smoky Mountain Berries, Apples & Cinnamon, Country Store, and Harvest Moon. Dessa poured them in a variety of cute molds and shapes and that just adds to the charm.

Handmade in Florida creates some of my very favorite soaps and now Zahida is pouring wax as well! Wax tarts in Summer Smoothie (mango, guava, papaya and coconut) and Sweet Serenity (confectioners sugar, lavender, eucalyptus and mint) will be included and these are pretty exclusive, as they have not been officially released yet. They smell absolutely incredible. Two full sized bar soaps are in the giveaway as well. The scents will be discussed later. Let me assure you they are lush and delicious summer fruit scent. Handmade in Florida soaps are refined, silky, easily lathered and impeccably scented. 

Beautibi has become one of my favorite places to shop for skin care. Their boxes and masks never disappoint me. This is a mini sampler of some of their best selling skin care products including: OneOSeven, L'Herboflore, and Simplistic. Just wait until you use that 107 face soap.

Holy Snails Shark Sauce serum is one of my daily skin care staples. I have almost used up my whole 30ml bottle and will be replenishing it soon. This 8ml sample (says 5ml but it was generously filled to the top!) should give at least two weeks or more worth of use.

How could this be a favorites box without my beloved Pink Peppermint from Sniff My Tarts? Are any further words needed? Enjoy this large frosted sugar cookie as you drift off to dreamland. 

Another dreamland inducer is the Urban Mysticism Mental R&R/Sleep Myst. I am on my 3rd bottle. The gentle yet cooling blend of lavender, peppermint and sweet pea extractions are enhanced by amethyst crystals in the bottle. I enjoy spraying this on the back of my neck and on my pillow if extra lavender mint goodness is required. Savanna enjoys this too for nights sleep is evading her.

Haus of Gloi is up next, but of course! I love their pumpkin butters and one of my favorite scents is Moon Dog, a blend of coconut, sandalwood and spice. A small 2 ounce tub of pumpkin butter and a sample vial of fragrance oil will be featured, as well as a Butter Bomb in Haus Amber. These butter bombs are dense, rich and heavily scented. They can even be split into two bathing experiences despite their small size. 

One of my favorite fragrance books is Fragrant by Mandy Aftel. Reading this book last summer comprised one of my most enjoyable experiences. Mandy not only discusses uses of fragrance, sourcing of ingredients but also includes simple perfume recipes for those interested in creating natural perfumes of their own. This book was purchased from The Book Outlet online and has some very minor cosmetic imperfections. I hope that is alright. That was pretty much the only way I could swing getting it for the giveaway. I did purchase mine directly through Mandy on her website and she signed it. I will be purchasing her other books through her in the future as well. She has a couple more published I am itching to push myself into.

To go along with Mandy's book is also one of my favorite products from Aftelier, her Chef's Essence Chocolate Absolute. I love it in my coffee on a daily basis (currenly on my second bottle), but it is very versatile! There are about a dozen other items I love from Aftelier I would have loved to include such as her hair and body oils, perfumes and teas.

If you read any of my perfume reviews you know I am crushing really hard on two creators right now: Laurie from Sonoma Scent Studio (well, I have always crushed on her) and Julia from Arcana Wildcraft (which I loved her soaps before but now I am in a perfume oil renaissance with her). So I am including a 3ml of Sonoma Scent Studio's Forest Walk and a full 5ml bottle of Arcana's Estella. 

Forest Walk smells of primitive evergreen forests, warm amber and earthy sweet patchouli. I wear my travel one sparingly until I can buy a full bottle.

Estella is a divine boozy amber vanilla that takes time to develop. If you get it and wear it, give it plenty of time (even an hour or so if needed) to let it stew on your flesh. Hang in there. It gets really really good. Also, as a perfume oil, let it sit after receiving it in the mail and the longer it ages the better it will get. But honestly, I love Estella just the way she is. 

I am really loving my NOHJ sheet masks. I will be including three of my favorites right now: Snail, Sleeping and 24K Gold Lifting. I bought the 10 pack boxes and I have been blowing through them.

I am obsessed with these minty heating eye masks for napping, bedtime and flying in planes, they are from KAO and I buy them on Amazon. I blame Michelle who used to blog at Waxing About. She gave me one once and I was hooked ever since. They do have that icy hot sensation and go over your eyes so if you think you will be sensitive to that, please proceed with caution. I freaking love that though. I puts me out like a light.

Beach bag staple... Hawaiian Tropic SPF 45 Lip Balm. I love the scent. I love the coverage. I put it on my nose, lips and under eye area on myself and the girls when we are at the beach.

Random Japanese favorites straight from Tokyo to you: Japanese no-show socks (they work SO GREAT!!!), mini stationary, washi and cat pens. Don't scoff. Those pens are like magic. I swear. Super fine point that is oh so satisfying. I am sorely tempted to keep these for myself, but I love you guys. I can't be greedy greedy pumpkin seedy.

It has been a good long while since I ventured into nail polish territory since Rescue Beauty Lounge and Cult Nails closed shop, but Cirque Colors released some amazing high quality polishes and I wanted to add one to the giveaway. I love the coverage and glassy finish.

You all know my latest love of handmade silversmithed jewelry pieces from various ladies all around the world. By far, my favorite everyday piece is this simple moon and star necklace from Rachel at Dida Metals. I wear it alone or layered. But I wear it 5 out of 7 days a week. And now you can too. Rachel is also including a ring sizer so you can buy rings online with greater ease. A coupon code is included too! And everyone can make use of this, for 15% off any Dida Metals purchase through June 31st, use code: REDOLENTMERMAID  

I can't send a box out without something sweet. And one of my favorite finds last year was A Secret Forest Patisserie. One mermaid lollipop in champagne made just for you and a second one in a surprise flavor because it was a generous extra. These handmade beauties not only look magical but taste that way too. 

All of these products total up to over $250 in value. 

I would like to thank these vendors for generously donating product to this giveaway:
Aftelier, thank you Mandy!
Arcana Wildcraft, thank you Julia!
Beautibi, thank you!
Candles From the Keeping Room, thank you Carol!
Glitterati, thank you Janine!
Handmade in Florida, thank you Zahida!
Rosegirls, thank you Jenny!
Sniff My Tarts, thank you Amy and Donna!
Sonoma Scent Studio, thank you Laurie!

Thank you to these vendors who donated a portion of the product for this giveaway:
A Secret Forest, thank you Vanessa!
Dida Metals, thank you Rachel!
Holy Snails, thank you!
The Bathing Garden, thank you Shannon!

And thank you Ashley for the Tokyo Daiso run for me. <3

Now for how to win. Well. You see, there is not just this one box. >gulp< Nope. There are THREE boxes just like this! Well, the nail polishes are different colors, two of the CFTKR samples are different, the Handmade in Florida soaps are different scents (either Flamingo, Peachy Keen and/or Pink Grapefruit will be in the box), and the socks, stationary and washi are different patterns, and one of the lollipops will be different.... but other than that they are identical! Items will be shipped in a medium flat rate box.

This box will be given away here on this blog page, the second will be given away on Instagram and the third box will be given away on The Redolent Mermaid's Facebook page. Please follow me on both IG and FB. 

To enter here, please tell me what you are most excited to try in this giveaway AND one thing you look forward to this summer. All entries MUST have their email address included in the comment to be qualified. One qualifying entrant will be randomly drawn on May 29th. 

Thank you for sticking with me all this time. <3

Friday, May 19, 2017

Melting Basket 95

So many repurchases! So let's get this thing started: SMT Pink Sugar, Dessa's Apples & Evergreen, Fresh Raspberry Sauce, Destination: Wax Honey:Honeysuckle, TDC Pink Coconut Sandalwood Marshmallow, Scentsy Hemingway, Southbound Baja Blossom, Ramble On Bee Sting Tea, Hayden Rowe Italian Biscotti, VCS Imogene's Serendipity Pie, RG Lavender, Orchids and Violets. 

CFTKR-Tarocco Orange
CFTKR- Fresh Picked Strawberry Noel Fluff
CFTKR- Twisted Mermaid
CFTKR- Fruits & Melons & Berries
CFTKR- Blueberry Cream Type
Glitterati- Honeydew Buttercream Cake
Glitterati- Fizzy Oasis
Lasting Scent Candles- Blackberry Ren Ten
Lasting Scent Candles- Fire Roasted Strawberry
The Bathing Garden- Embellish Me (coconut lime)
Rosegirls- Posh Pristine Peach <3 gift
Rosegirls- Escape to Neverland (pineapple, raspberry, orange sherbet, vanilla ice cream)
Rosegirls- Raspberry Sauce/Mango Sorbet/Gilligan's Brew
Beezy- Mango Sorbet

If you would like any of these reviewed after melting, please let me know!

I have the bane of the fragrance blogger's existence... a head cold. I cannot smell anything and I have so much stuff here to review! I will get busy taking photos this weekend and starting the write ups but the sniffing and huffing and testing will have to wait until I can breathe and smell things again. 

So what am I doing with my down time? My pj's and bed resting? Reading Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews and watching Tudors endlessly. I don't know if it is a combination of being sick, and the end of the school year or what but I am straight knackered. But hey. Only 10 school days left or something ridiculously short like that. My first school year in this new job has been great fun. I loved it and I look forward to my time spent at Magnolia Montessori in the future. 

So what kinds of things are sitting here waiting for me to smell them? How about a nice high end candle, incense, Possets perfume, Sixteen92, Alkemia, Arcana (you're surprised aren't you? I can tell.), For Strange Women and my Cosmic Cleanse order. I broke one of my cardinal blogging rules and tore into one of my Cosmic Cleanse products and used it before photographing it. I know. I know. Almost unforgivable. But I needed to try that infused peppermint oil. 

What do you like doing when sick in bed? Have anything in the mail arriving?

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Arcana: Two Finger Ballet and Holy Terror

So I warned you this post was coming, that my obsession with Arcana Wildcraft is still running strong. I follow Julia along on Facebook and Instagram and she posted about a 15 ml bottle of Two Finger Ballet. A 15 ml bottle?! I wanted one. I had never even smelled Two Finger Ballet. And then I saw Holy Terror came in a 15 ml bottle. I had never smelled that one either. Want to know my level of crazy? I bought both. Blind. Based on notes alone. I am a rebel. And...

And did my roll of the dice pay off? At $54 a pop... it certainly was no small thing to sneeze at.

But it did pay off. 

Because I am smitten.

Holy Terror- Notes: Burning frankincense, sandalwood, deep myrrh, and dusty beeswax candles.

Smoldering euphoria. Fragrant offering. Just opening this amber flask of fragrance releases a honeyed plume of burning resins and woods that take flight and rise like the fuliginous spirits of ravens passing into the next realm. Dabbed fresh onto the wrists and crooks of the arms, sandalwood incense warm and thready weaves itself under my nose. Honeyed plumes of smoke cling to this corporeal being, absorbing prayers then lifting them skywards. Stygian smoke and resins are balanced by the antique burnished glow of the beeswax candles and powdery myrrh and honey. Mysterious, ancient, sweet smoke and incensed woods. This morphling shifts and undulates like a dancing flame. 

Entranced by this potion. A stellar blind buy.

Two Finger Ballet- Notes: French vanilla creme, white amber, sugared vanilla beans, caramel, and the smallest dab of opium. 

This name. Ooooooh this name. And OH! That dance. What a delicious tribute, that is just as drippingly sweet. In the vessel an enticing aphrodisiac of dulcet caramel and frothy vanilla cream pour forth in a stream of warm sticky sweetness. Just underneath lurks the hint that something darker may be in store. Caressed into the skin, moist and damp, the scent makes my mouth water. Caramel cupcakes, dense and rich and gooey, crowned with mounds of whipped cream frosting and a sprinkle of toasted cinnamon. As this tantalizing scent settles, it grows darker with cozy tonka beans and deep golden honey. Almost narcotic. The sultry ambered honey and vanilla creme turns innocently sweet at the tail end of its time. Bite and kiss. The last kiss smells of marshmallow vanilla.

Thrilled to have a big bottle of this vanilla laden dream.

Free samples in Breakfast in Hollywood (reviewed previously here) and Swashbuckler.

Swashbuckler- West Indies bay rum, scurvy-preventing limes, and a dark blend of spices.
Lurking in the vial, 
Damp in the crooks of my arms and resting on my wrists, this swashbuckling pirate is redolent of dried lime peels and the burning black licorice and clove cigarette perched between his salt encrusted beard and hard edged upper lip. I could feel the cinnamon and clove warming and tingling my tender skin in the crook and I enjoy it. That sensation only lasted minutes. As the spicy spartan pirate mellowed on the skin, the vintage Bay Rum he used for his morning ablutions drifted forth in a virile, yet familiar, mist of Jamaican rum, bay leaves and spice. A subtle current of grassy vetiver and old wooden curls of cinnamon bark whorl on the trade wind pushing into my senses. The last token of his presence before he evanesced into the briny brume was a solitary scent trail of Bay Rum.

I really love Swashbuckler. I could totally see a full bottle being purchased with no regrets at all. 

And I did purchase two more bottle, regular 5ml size this time... but you will have to wait and see what I picked up. Julia did have a buy 4 get a bottle of This Is Not The Carnival for free. I wanted to buy 4 at the time but I ended up talking myself down from the ledge and just picked up two bottles I was eyeing hard. Do you have any new fragrance additions in your home? Tried Arcana yet?